Parkland man accused of killing neighbor after loud noise wakes him

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PARKLAND, Wash. — A 21-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday in the stabbing death of his 50-year-old neighbor. Investigators have said it all started as a fight over noise at their apartment complex.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said officers were called to the University Park Apartments in the 400 block of Wheeler Street South in Parkland around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Officers found the body of the 50-year-old man in a stairwell.  Investigators said he had been stabbed multiple times.

A short time later, the man’s downstairs neighbor, a 21-year-old man, was arrested.

Detectives said the younger man was sleeping inside his apartment when a loud noise from the floor above woke him.

Investigators said the man went upstairs and confronted the older man about the noise.  That led to an argument, then to a physical fight.

“During the struggle the suspect stabbed the victim several times with a pocket knife before leaving the victim in the stairway and returning to his apartment,” said sheriff's detective Ed Troyer.

The 21-year-old was booked into jail and could face second-degree murder charges.

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10 comments

  • Derek

    Hey 21 year old your life is over.
    You can never i mean never get a good job
    You can never marry a good girl due to you can never get a good job. You cannot support a family.
    At 21 your life is over.
    Should have called 911 for a continuing loud noise but not a one time loud noise.
    The 21 year old probally a walmart shopper. Those people are stupid.

      • dg54321

        It’s Parkland, not Seattle. Pierce County Sheriff. They are better than SPD, by far.

        Still, a noise complaint is anything but a high priority call. Had a neighbor blasting people out of their beds at 2 am. Called and it took them over an hour to come out and do anything about it.

  • JK

    You guys dont know the situation and should stop talking shit unless you know. Media will tell you the short stick of the situation. This guy is rarely home. He works 10 hour days, doesnt do drugs, Barely even drinks. One of the most nicest guys ive ever met. If you thought you were in danger you would stab the guy too so shut the fuck up you ignorant bitches.

  • Mr. Conservative

    The University Park Apartments are filled with losers and ne’er-do-wells of all types. I know…I live in the apartment next to it.